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Old 05-05-2013, 09:15 AM
 
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I get migraines and they usually go like this:

I use migraine prescription medication and, usually, it works.

If it doesn't work, then:

I go to a quick care where I must endure apathetic front office people, several hours of waiting in agonizing pain, half-hour or more wait in the smaller room, a series of questions by the doctor. Then more waiting for the nurse to come in and give me a shot of toradol. And then, of course, it takes another 20 minutes for the shot to take affect.

It is so degrading and I have to go through this several times a year.

So, although we are not wealthy by any means, I am seriously considering signing up for concierge medical service. It is expensive and not covered by insurance, although, I could probably get some reimbursement for the rate of an out of network provider and I have an FSA to alleviate some of the pain.

The only thing I can think of is go the concierge route. I found one that charges $250 a month and I am fairly certain that office visits are quite high as well.

I know that there are others out there and am wondering if anyone has any experience with it.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:41 AM
 
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none and think I would avoid it.....
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Old 05-05-2013, 10:30 AM
 
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none and think I would avoid it.....
Why? I don't see how I have a choice. I can't go through, again, what I went through yesterday.
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Old 05-05-2013, 11:56 AM
 
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I found one that charges $250 a month and I am fairly certain that office visits are quite high as well.
Not much to add here BUT..
In NYC I saw this service cost somebody I knew $499.00 a month.
....and he DID have to wait in the office 30 minutes the first time he used it.
There's gotta be a better way.
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Old 05-05-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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If you decide to go that route you need to make sure the doctor you choose will have injectable medication on hand to give you when you have a migraine.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:43 PM
 
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I spoke with a concierge doctor that will come to my house during one of these episodes. He said that it would cost $500 to come to my house and give me the injection that I need. It's a lot of money, but when you are in that much pain, to me at least, I think it would be worth it. I don't know any other way to get what I need. We are by no means wealthy, but we can budget for this.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:05 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas nv
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Hi. So sorry for your pain, stress, and treatment by
Urgent care types.

I live with chronic pain. Once I went to the
ER- and it was for that ice-pick pain boring into
My head during a tornado in MN just after moving
From CA. It was all the plane ride & the weather.

Medication I had did nothing. Nor did the ER
Doc - just told me to take Tylenol & call primary
On mon. Had medical records w/me. Would
Have been pissed off at his rudeness after waiting
45 min but I was hurting too much.

Emergency places are the worst for these problems.

Have never tried concierge medicine for $ reasons,
But you could try it as well as searching for a pain
Doc, a neurologist or primary to know &
Care about you personally. His or her staff will
Become familiar with you too.

This took me 2 yrs in MN. They want to
Ensure you aren't abusing the medication
And that they are willing to do the documentation.

It's hard w/doctor shortages & insurance hurdles
For doctors & patients.

In the short run, if you can get care, try it.

Being in that type of pain is stressful in &
Of itself !

Best of luck to you.
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Old 05-05-2013, 05:26 PM
 
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I spoke with a concierge doctor that will come to my house during one of these episodes. He said that it would cost $500 to come to my house and give me the injection that I need. It's a lot of money, but when you are in that much pain, to me at least, I think it would be worth it. I don't know any other way to get what I need. We are by no means wealthy, but we can budget for this.
I would never pay a doctor that much for a house call even if I was filthy rich.
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:55 PM
 
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Can you get the MD to prescribe you the medication, and learn to inject yourself?
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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We had concierge medicine when I was a little boy - but it was called doctor making house calls.

I'd go for it now if Divya was the PA that came with Dr. Lawson.
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